iOS 11 is being released to the public beginning on Tuesday, September 19th. The new software update will include many new features. These include updates to the camera, iMessage, Apple Pay, Siri, and more. Also included is a whole new notifications menu, unlock screen, and control center, as well as a completely redesigned App Store.
iOS 11 will be released on the following devices.
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
Just because your phone is able to update to the new operating system, doesn’t mean you should. In fact, most phones that are older than the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus probably don’t have the processing power required to run the new OS, making your device slower and making your battery die more quickly. Also, once you update, you won’t be able to go back. However, if you decide to take the leap into the future, here’s what you should do before updating your device.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR PHONE
Your iPhone gathers a bunch of junk over time, so it is important to clean it up. Although iOS 11 won’t need as much memory to install as previous versions, you may need to clear up some room to get the new operating system, especially if you’ve been receiving warnings about low-memory lately.
If you have apps that you no longer need on your phone, it’s best to delete them. If you end up needing them in the future, you can always re-download them within a few minutes. Also, take time to delete old pictures and screenshots that you might have saved over the years. If you really need to keep them, but don’t necessarily need them on your phone, you can always back them up onto your computer or using Google Drive.
Another tip, if you’re really struggling with the memory problem, is to delete old messages, voicemails, and notes that take up memory on your phone. Also, by deleting and re-downloading apps, you can free up a lot of space from apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.
WRITE DOWN YOUR PASSWORDS
After the upgrade, you’ll need to enter your iCloud password to sync your data and photos. Make sure not to just save this in your phone, as you won’t be able to see it in your notes until after you enter your password.
BACK UP YOUR PHONE
Something can always go wrong when downloading the new operating system, so make sure that your phone is backed up either on iCloud or on a computer. Whether your phone dies during the update, or your phone has a major glitch, all of your photos and contacts could be lost in an instant.
UPDATE YOUR APPS
Apps will run much better if updated beforehand, and you’re less likely to run into any problems with an app not working in iOS 11. Simply go to the App Store, click on Updates, and press Update All in the top right corner.